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Metro Tunnel

Construction in South Yarra

The eastern tunnel entrance will enable the Cranbourne / Pakenham line to peel off from the existing rail corridor just south of Toorak Road, and travel via the Metro Tunnel.

Current work notifications



What is happening

Until mid-March

Osborne Street

Night work Service investigations from 9pm - 7am, 25 - 27 February will include:

  • A temporary site set up on the Osborne Street. Temporary site setup will occur during the day and includes installation of temporary fencing.
  • Medium levels of noise, including 3 hours at night. Noise blankets will be on fencing to minimise disturbance.
  • Traffic management in place on Osborne Street.

For more information, see the Service Investigations work notification (PDF, 1007.8 KB).

Gas service relocation, with the following impacts:

  • There will be periods of medium-high level noise associated with saw cutting, open cut trenching and reinstating the road pavement.
  • A site compound will be established using temporary fencing occupying approximately eight kerbside carparks for the duration of works. This compound is required to store materials and machinery.
  • We may need to remove up to four trees, however, are working hard to reduce this number. All necessary approvals and permits will be in place ahead of works.
  • There will be no impact to essential services.

Traffic impacts:

  • The temporary occupation of kerbside car parks on the east and west sides of Osborne Street will be required to allow for vehicle traffic access.
  • Traffic management will be in place around each work site to manage the safety of pedestrians, vehicles and cyclists.
  • There may be short-term road closures during works. Please follow detour signage in place during these periods.

For more information, see the Osborne Street gas relocation work notification (PDF, 599.3 KB).

To 28 February

Edmund Herring Oval

At Edmund Herring Oval, work has commenced on a temporary electrical substation to provide power for the tunnel boring machines that will build the Metro Tunnel.

The temporary electrical substation will be connected to existing power assets. This will involve trenching and cable works from Domain Road to the temporary electrical substation on the south side of Edmund Herring Oval.

For more information, see the Substation on Edmund Herring Oval notification (PDF, 218.9 KB).

To 16 February

South Yarra

Three groundwater monitoring wells will be installed in the Caroline Street South public car park, Myrtle Street and the grassed verge in Osborne Street.

Works will take place:

  • 7am – 6pm, Wednesday 24 January to Friday 16 February 2018
  • 7am – 1pm, Saturdays (if required).

There will be high levels of noise during ground breaking and non-destructive drilling activities. The noise generated by subsequent geotechnical drilling will be similar to that of an idle truck engine.

Up to five parking spaces in the Caroline Street South public car park, and up to three on-street parking spaces in Myrtle and Osborne streets may be occupied during these works.

For more information, see the Site Investigations notification (PDF, 1.5 MB).

How we will build the tunnel entrance

The eastern tunnel entrance will be located in the South Yarra Siding Reserve. A decline structure, or descending tracks, will be built so trains can enter the new Metro Tunnel near William Street and pass underneath the Sandringham and Frankston lines.

  • Tunnel entrance location
  • Construction plans
  • Frequently asked questions

    Will there be a new station at South Yarra as part of the Metro Tunnel?

    A new station in South Yarra is not in the scope of the Metro Tunnel.

    The rail corridor near South Yarra Station is a complex and constrained urban environment, making it a challenging place to build new platforms.

    The Metro Tunnel allows for longer, high capacity trains. Longer trains need longer platforms, and it is difficult to accommodate lengthy platforms in South Yarra without causing significant impacts to the surrounding area during construction, including increased land acquisition. Upon completion of the Metro Tunnel, passengers using South Yarra Station at its current location will benefit from improved capacity and more frequent services on the Frankston and Sandringham lines.

    Will the existing South Yarra Station be upgraded as part of the Metro Tunnel?

    Upgrades to the existing South Yarra Station are not in the scope of the Metro Tunnel, however, that does not mean that improvements to South Yarra Station will not occur in the future. Improvements to stations are considered by Public Transport Victoria through its network development planning. Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) will work with the City of Stonnington and other South Yarra stakeholders as the project is planned and developed.

    Will the tunnel entrance and construction site be in Fawkner Park or on St Kilda Road?

    We are looking at opportunities to temporarily occupy land at key locations along the project alignment to support construction works, whilst minimising impacts on private properties.

    In June 2016, we informed local stakeholders that Fawkner Park will no longer be utilised as a tunnel boring machine support site for the Metro Tunnel project.

    We recognise that the local community places great importance on Fawkner Park and its facilities including the tennis courts and childcare centre.

    A smaller construction site in the north-east corner of Fawkner Park may still be required to build an emergency access shaft, with a small above ground structure remaining to provide emergency services access to the Metro Tunnel to meet safety requirements.

    As part of these considerations, a section of Fawkner Park or land in the vicinity of the Anzac Station location could be temporarily used as a support site and staging area for the project's Tunnel Boring Machines.

    What disruption will be experienced on Domain Road, Toorak Road and elsewhere?

    Construction of Anzac Station will be staged to reduce impacts on the road and tram network while protecting and maintaining access to nearby buildings and facilities.

    Domain Road has been temporarily closed near St Kilda Road for an extended period while the station box is excavated.

    Trams that previously ran along Domain Road and Park Street have been temporarily rerouted to new tracks on Toorak Road West.

    Trams will keep running along St Kilda Road as much as possible while the new Anzac Station is constructed. Staged closures of St Kilda Road will enable excavation of the station box while tram and traffic flow is maintained. Traffic lanes are likely to be reduced and works could involve temporary diversions for all road users including drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

    What about a connection to South Yarra Station from the eastern tunnel entrance?

    An additional connection at South Yarra as part of the Metro Tunnel would cost a large amount of money and require the compulsory acquisition of more than 100 homes.

    Upon completion of the Metro Tunnel, passengers using South Yarra Station at its current location will benefit from improved capacity and more frequent services on the Frankston and Sandringham lines.

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